The Washington Post has really gone downhill in recent years. Even so, it’s amazing that they would go so far as to possibly violate the law over reportage in their own paper.
The Huffington Post has the story:
Did The Washington Post Break A Law When It Disciplined A Reporter Over A Jeff Bezos Op-Ed?
The union that represents Washington Post reporters has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Post for disciplining a reporter and union leader who wrote an op-ed critical of Post owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The Post issued a formal warning against Metro desk staff writer and union co-chair Fredrick Kunkle on Sep. 5 for publishing the sharply worded op-ed in HuffPost. “One of the wealthiest men in the world is thinking of ways to give back,” Kunkle began the column, which appeared Sept. 1. “But he’s still taking from the very people who helped him build his fortune.” He went on to detail Bezos’ efforts to knuckle the newspaper’s union over workers’ rights and benefits.
The Post stated in its disciplinary letter to Kunkle that he had engaged in an “egregious violation of the Post’s ethics policy on freelancing,” and noted that a senior manager had warned him as much a day before he did it.
Will anyone at the Post be fired over this? Probably not, but it tells you a lot about the culture of their organization.